Head Start

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Cities/Towns Served: Quincy, Braintree, Hull, Milton, and Weymouth

QCAP’s Head Start Program is an early childhood education and care program serving children ages birth to five and their families. Head Start provides comprehensive services including education, health, nutrition, and family engagement and support. The goal of Head Start is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and to promote their success in later learning. The program also supports families in meeting their goals towards self-sufficiency.

Program Options

At QCAP Head Start your child will participate in an enriching, high quality curriculum that is tailored to meet their unique learning needs. The warm and caring teaching staff will support your child in a variety of experiences including their Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, Cognition, and Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development.

Head Start is open 5 days weekly from 7:15 AM to 6:00 PM, 52 weeks per year. Parents/caregivers can choose from the following program options:

  • Center-Based Options
    • Part-day, part year preschool (for children ages 2.9 to 5)
    • Full-day, full year preschool (for children ages 2.9 to 5)
    • Full-day, full year Early Head Start (for children ages 15 months to 2.9)
  • Early Head Start Home-Based Option
    • Weekly home visits
    • Individualized curriculum
    • Parent/child playgroups
    • Services for pregnant women


Family Engagement

Head Start education services are designed to support children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Head Start recognizes parents as the first and most important teachers in a child’s life. The program offers a variety of opportunities for families to be involved throughout the year including parent trainings and workshops, school readiness parent meetings, and family enrichment activities. Parents can also get involved through parent committees, home visits, and volunteer opportunities.

Eligibility Guidelines

Head Start is for families with children age birth to five, including children with special needs. The program is open to residents of Braintree, Hull, Milton, Quincy & Weymouth. Head Start is free to very low-income families who meet income guidelines. Voucher funding is also accepted for full-day enrollment.

Enrollment/Intake Process

Enrolling in Head Start is easy! Click here to download and print the application. You can also call the Head Start office at 617-249-2000 to have the application mailed to you.

Return your completed application to:
QCAP Head Start
22 Pray Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Attn: Enrollment

Once we receive your application, an Eligibility Screening appointment will be scheduled. Head Start provides enrollment opportunities for children and their families on a continuous basis throughout the year.

Head Start Program Locations

» Quincy

Rosemary & Archie Wahlberg Head Start Early Learning Center
22 Pray Street
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 249-2000 

» Weymouth

Head Start - Weymouth
26 Pidgeon Road, Building 128
S. Weymouth, MA 02190
(781) 331-4880



All QCAP Head Start sites are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The program has been recognized for its superior quality by our our federal funding source the: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (HHS/ACF).



To provide an early childhood program that strives for excellence in service and works in collaboration with other early care, health and education providers in our communities in order to effectively serve low and moderate-income children and families from diverse cultures.



Annual Report

To request a copy of our Head Start Annual Report, please send us an email by clicking here or writing to us at:

QCAP Head Start
22 Pray Street
Quincy, MA 02169
ATTN: Annual Report Request